Water Efficient Landscapes
New Water Wise Gardening Classes - Classes are FREE, REGISTER TODAY!
In partnership with Aqua-Flo Supply and Green Thumb Nursery, Ventura Water will be hosting a new series of FREE gardening classes designed to help anyone who loves to garden and reduce water use, green waste and increase vitality and health of their landscape.
Classes are held on the second Saturday of the month for about an hour and half. Each class is at a different location. You can register either online (see specific URL for each class) or by calling 805-652-4501.
Date TBD for Turf Alternatives
Date TBD for Edibles in the Garden
Date TBD for Water Wise Watering
Participants who complete the entire series will receive a certificate.
Water Wise Gardening Classes Flyer (pdf 2127KB)
Be Smart About Outdoor Watering
A beautiful landscape can be water efficient and help you save money. Managing your irrigation system and controller is key!
Set your irrigation timers at season appropriate watering cycles and as always, set them to water only in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid evaporation and wind interference. Invest in high-efficiency sprinker nozzles for your pop-up sprinkers for less than $5 each and save as much as 30% water consumption.
Try this online irrigation scheduling tool from UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Division.
For more water saving tips, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/landscaping.
New Sustainable Ventura TV Show: Sprinkler Spruce Up
Watch the June Sustainable Ventura TV show, which aired on CAPS-TV, Ch. 15, focused on local, hands-on tips for outdoor watering and landscaping. For 24/7 viewing, you can also watch the show and individual videos on Ventura Water’s YouTube channel. And while you are there, check out the videos on Sustainable Landscaping and Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens if you are ready to transform your lawn into something truly amazing.
New Save Our Water: Sprinklers 101
Visit Save Our Water: Sprinklers 101's one-stop site for homeowners and professionals looking for information and online resources on water-efficient irrigation. Homeowners will find easy-to-understand information about how residential sprinkler systems work, information on drip irrigation and other smart ways to reduce landscape water use, as well as loads of online resources. Professional landscapers will find online resources, links to manufacturers and manuals, education and licensing information and much more.
Inspired And Ready To Do More? Transform your yard into a water-wise garden and visit Water Wise Gardening in Ventura for great ideas and useful information. Use the Hydro-zone Plant report function to build a plant list divided by water-use to help maximize water efficiency. Browse the Garden Tours for new ideas to recreate a corner or all of your yard. Find a wealth of information in the Resource pages and be sure to visit the Watering Guide for help managing your irrigation system and watering needs. Consider installing an Ocean Friendly Garden to increase permeability and retention of rainwater while increasing habitat value and decreasing water bills and green waste generation.
Gardener's Resource Guide
Helpful local information and resources ... where to get mulch or who to call for help installing a water-wise garden and much more.
Save Our Water: Real People, Real Savings In Ventura
Most Californians think that they use more water indoors than out. The truth is that in some areas between 40 - 60% or more of the water we use daily goes on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water at home, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all.
Read the stories of three pioneers in Ventura, and others across California, who have already transformed their outdoors and have been featured in Save Our Water's Real People, Real Savings program.
The grass is not greener on the other side of these fences, but these smart homeowners are keeping more of their green while enjoying beautiful, lush native landscaping. A true win/win!
A rain barrel discount program for City of Ventura residents is now available through Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water, while supplies last.
Working in cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the Channel/Bushman 60-gallon rain barrel with a retail value of $85 will be available for $42 plus tax at their store with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher.
Along with the voucher, proof of Ventura residency such as a Ventura Water bill or other utility bill or document that shows a City of Ventura address (not a driver’s license) must be shown to receive the discount. Two rain barrel discounts are available per residential address with the voucher.
Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Vouchers are available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 652-4584 or printed directly from the website. This program is subject to supply and funding availability.